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Was very excited to try Spice Kit, a new place near my work, but went there for lunch today and was disappointed that the food was not more flavorful. The menu is very appealing & simple- you can choose to either have a banh mi, wrap or salad filled/topped with either tofu, chicken, beef short ribs, or pork. There are also a handful of sides and drinks. I ordered the salad with pork, the ginger/peanut slaw, and a limeade. The pork was tender & tasty, but much too subtly flavored for a salad, and there was too little of it. The salad itself was good, very fresh nice greens, mango slices, cucumber, peanuts, good dressing, but again, just not enough flavor. The slaw was good, mayonnaise-based sauce, peanuts, but not really remarkable. And the limeade was much too sweet for my taste.

The atmosphere is fine- it's in the ground floor of the Orrick building, very clean and efficient feeling, a few small and share tables, and a few tables outside in the plaza. The service was friendly and adequate- one person taking orders, you get a number and wait for it to be called to pick up the food. There was a long line by 12:30.

I will go back to try the wraps, banh mi and iced coffee and report back. Anyone else tried it?

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Spice Kit
405 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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  1. It's such a great idea -- simple choices, and the potential for powerful flavor. but I agree with balabanian that the flavors were way too toned down. I had the salad with short ribs. I generally hate any overdose of salad dressing, but in the future I would ask for more dressing.

    The short ribs were very tender and flavorful, but there wasn't a lot of it in the salad. Felt a little stingy.

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    Spice Kit
    405 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105

    1. Went back today to try a chicken banh mi. Overall- very tasty, flavorful, and far superior to the salad I had the other day. The meat was really nicely seasoned, the vegetables were very fresh & flavorful. My only complaints were that it was a little on the petite side compared with other banh mi i get in SF, and the balance of meat to vegetables was off- there were not enough vegetables. Also, my tab came to $7.53 (or so)- which is steep for a sandwich that i get down the street at Muffins Muffins (http://www.chow.com/restaurants/47066...) for only $4.75.

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      Spice Kit
      405 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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      1. re: balabanian

        Went again today and tried the tofu banh mi. Again, very fresh ingredients and nice proportions. The tofu was good, very strongly seasoned, tasty. I also ordered the vietnamese iced coffee, which was disappointing, not strong enough, and some flavor that didn't belong. Tasted a little like the starbucks frapuccinos that come in bottles.

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        Spice Kit
        405 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105